St. Patrick's Guild and
Guild was founded in 1910 by Mary Cruice who originally wanted to
provide a Catholic alternative to Protestant run fostering services in
Dublin. Later however the Guild linked up with the Sisters of Charity and
became an adoption society at the command of Archbishop John Charles McQuaid.
St. Patrick's Guild did not run a
mother and baby home. Instead babies were sent to St. Patrick's Infant
Hospital, Temple Hill before being adopted. Mothers were not
present at Temple Hill and St. Patrick's Guild have been very
uncooperative in providing information about what conditions were like
in the hospital, though we have a scanned copy of the
feeding/vaccination records kept which was donated by an adopted
person. There were also babies in Temple Hill who were adopted
through agencies other than St. Patrick's Guild.
Guild was involved in the secret export of 572 children to the US
for adoption from the 1940's to the 1970's, which was more than any
other adoption agency.
Temple Hill closed
in the 1980's and though St. Patrick's Guild no longer
arranges adoptions, it is still operational for search queries.
we do not possess further information about St. Patrick's Guild and
Temple Hill. Please contact us at email@example.com
if you have further information that may help.
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thumbnails below to see larger images.
Temple Hill nursery
Photo of John the
Baptist Church where most babies from Temple Hill were baptised
is an example of a daily record sheet from Temple Hill (two pages). Note the emphasis on whether the child was baptised or not. Yet,
despite this concern for the child's spiritual welfare, St.
Patrick's Guild has refused to answer questions about those who
sponsored adopted people.
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here for documents and photos specifically relating to adoptions to the
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note we have gathered the information from survivor accounts and what
little records are available to the public. Until the religious
run agencies open their records it will not be possible to compile a full history
of past adoption practice in Ireland. If you have any corrections,
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